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AC/DC Its A Long Way To The Top

AC/DC ‘It’s a Long Way To The Top’ Video Was Made 40 Years Ago Today

by Paul Cashmere on February 23, 2016

in News

40 years ago today on Monday February 23, 1976, AC/DC, complete with bagpipers, played ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll) on the back of a flatbed truck down Swanston Street, Melbourne and made their historic music video.

The bagpipers in the video are three members of the Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band. The Rats of Tobruk Pipe Band formed in 1960. Kevin Conlon, who joined in 1964 and Les Kenfield, who joined in 1970, are two of the members who played with AC/DC that day and are still current members of the pipe band.

The video was directed by Paul Drane for the TV show Countdown.

In 2004, Corporation Lane, near Swanston Street, was renamed AC/DC Lane.

A re-enactment of the famous video was made for the Slam Rally in 2010.

AC/DC have not performed the song live since the death of Bon Scott out of respect for Bon. They last performed the song with Bon on December 17, 1979 at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 26, 27 and 28, Nick Barker will perform ‘Hell Ain’t A Bad Place To Be – The Story of Bon Scott’ at the National Theatre in St Kilda in Melbourne.


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